## Mechanism of the Heavens |

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The planets are subject to disturbances of two distinct kinds , both resulting from the constant operation of their reciprocal attraction , one kind depending upon their positions with regard to each other , begins from

The planets are subject to disturbances of two distinct kinds , both resulting from the constant operation of their reciprocal attraction , one kind depending upon their positions with regard to each other , begins from

**zero**, increases ... Page xiv

... and as a sine or cosine never can exceed the radius , but must oscillate between

... and as a sine or cosine never can exceed the radius , but must oscillate between

**zero**and unity , however much the time may increase , it follows , that when the variations have by slow changes accumulated in however long a time to ... Page liii

The second phenomenon in the tides is the augmentation which occurs at the time of the equinoxes when the sun's declination is

The second phenomenon in the tides is the augmentation which occurs at the time of the equinoxes when the sun's declination is

**zero**, which happens twice every year . The greatest tides take place when a new or full moon happens near ... Page 11

If one of the component forces as Z be

If one of the component forces as Z be

**zero**, then c = 90 ° , F = √X2 + Y3 , X = F cos a , Y = F cos b . 38. Velocity and force being each represented by the same space , whatever has been explained with regard to the resolution and ... Page 12

When the particle is in equilibrio , the resulting force is

When the particle is in equilibrio , the resulting force is

**zero**; consequently ( 3 ) , Xộc + Yông + Zô = 0 which is the general equation of the equilibrium of a free particle . 42. Thus , when a particle of matter urged by 12 [ Book I.### What people are saying - Write a review

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Page xviii - ... that the mean longitude of the first satellite, minus three times that of the second, plus twice that of the third, is always equal to two right angles.

Page vii - His works, but trace, with precision, the operation of His laws, use the globe he inhabits as a base wherewith to measure the magnitude and distance of the sun and planets, and make the diameter of the earth's orbit the first step of a scale by which he may ascend to the starry firmament. Such pursuits, while they ennoble the mind, at the same time inculcate humility, by showing that there is a barrier which no energy, mental or physical, can ever enable us to pass: that, however profoundly we may...

Page xv - That day, as other solemn days, they spent In song and dance about the sacred hill ; Mystical dance, which yonder starry sphere Of planets, and of fix'd, in all her wheels Resembles nearest, mazes intricate, Eccentric, intervolved, yet regular Then most, when most irregular they seem ; And in their motions harmony divine So smooths her charming tones, that God's own ear Listens delighted.

Page xlix - An account of experiments for determining the length of the pendulum vibrating seconds in the latitude of London.

Page lxiv - Jupiter ; it then gradually diminished in splendor, and having exhibited all the variety of tints that indicate the changes of combustion, vanished sixteen months after its discovery, without altering its position. It is impossible to imagine anything more tremendous than a conflagration that could be visible at such a distance.

Page xiv - But, in the midst of all these vicissitudes, the length of the major axes and the mean motions of the planets remain permanently independent of secular changes. They are so connected by Kepler's law, of the squares of the periodic times being proportional to the cubes of the mean distances of the planets from the sun, that one cannot vary without affecting the other.

Page lxix - If the attraction of the sun for the огпtre of the earth, and of the hemisphere diametrically opposite to him, were diminished by a difficulty in penetrating the interposed matter, the tides would be more obviously affected. Its attraction is the same also, whatever the substances of the celestial bodies may be; for if the action of...

Page vi - is to inspire the love of truth, of wisdom, of beauty — especially of goodness, the highest beauty — and of that supreme and eternal Mind, which contains all truth and wisdom, all beauty and goodness. By the love or delightful contemplation and pursuit of these transcendent aims, for their own sake only, the mind of man is raised from low and perishable objects, and prepared for those high destinies which are appointed for all those who are capable of them.

Page xii - ... depends upon the velocity with which they were first propelled in space. Had that velocity been such as to make the planets move in orbits of unstable equilibrium, their mutual attractions might have changed them into parabolas, or even hyperbolas, so that the earth and planets might, ages ago, have been sweeping far from our sun through the abyss of space.

Page xxxvi - ... the waters back to their sources ; and thus again by removing matter to a greater distance from the centre, destroy the velocity generated by its previous approach ; so that the descent of the rivers does not affect the earth's rotation.